AJU5204 English for specific purposes

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
0/0/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Mgr. Jana Kubrická, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Jana Kubrická, Ph.D.
Department of English and American Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Tomáš Hanzálek
Supplier department: Department of English and American Studies - Faculty of Arts
each even Friday 13:00–14:40 VP
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 6 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 7/6, only registered: 1/6
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to introduce the linguistic aspects of English for Specific Purposes (ESP) as well as the implications for teaching language for specific purposes. The course will offer an insight into theoretical perspectives informing ESP and major issues ESP practitioners deal with, such as needs analysis, course design built around the skills and genres appropriate to the discipline, the roles of ESP teachers and specific challenges in ESP testing.
Learning outcomes
After completing the course, a student will be able to: 1. describe the main theoretical pillars in the design of ESP courses 2. understand the principles of genre-based course design 3. identify the main stakeholders in ESP courses and their perspectives 4. conduct a needs analysis using qualitative or quantitative methods, understand different views of needs in teaching ESP 5. select appropriate methods for a group of ESP learners, e.g. problem-based learning, case-study approach etc. 6. select and evaluate published ESP materials taking different criteria and learners´ needs into account and use an authentic text in a way it suits the needs of a particular group of ESP learners 7. present different positions on ESP testing and explain the matching of testing methods and teaching methods 8. plan and evaluate an ESP lesson
  • 1. Introduction and overview of theory underpinning ESP 2. Needs analysis in ESP (different views of needs, methodologies, conducting and evaluating an analysis), deciding learning objectives 3. The role of the ESP practitioner - challenges, opportunities 4. Approaches to course design (genre, disciple-based methodologies) 5. The role of materials - linguistic analysis, selection, adaptation and use 6. Assessment of ESP, matching testing and teaching
    required literature
  • Richards, J. (2001). Curriculum Development in Language Teaching. Cambridge, UK. Cambridge University Press.
  • Dudley-Evans, T. & St John, M. J. (2002). Developments in ESP: a multi-disciplinary approach. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
    recommended literature
  • Huhta, M. & Hall, D.R. (2013). Needs Analysis for Language Course Design: a Holistic Approach to ESP. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Graves, K. (2000). Designing Language Courses: A Guide for Teachers. Boston, MA. Heinle & Heinle.
  • Gavioli, L. (2005). Exploring Corpora for ESP Learning. Amsterdam: Philadephia.
  • Holme, R. (1996). ESP Ideas: Recipes for Teaching Professional and Academic English. Harlow: Longman.
  • Woodrow, L. (2018). Introducing Course Design in English for Specific Purposes. London: Routledge.
Teaching methods
Lectures, discussions, group projects, reading
Assessment methods
Attendance is compulsory. Students will select and evaluate a set of ESP materials and present the results of their research. They will also submit a lesson plan for a particular ESP area specifying the lesson objectives, methods and materials used, justifying their relevance to the given discipline.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: blokově (13 hodin za semestr).

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